Mariners OUT??!!I'm stunned. The Mariners won't even bid for Daisuke according to Bill Bavasi. He has been priced out of the budget for mid-level teams as was expected. I'm sorry it's come to this as a baseball fan. A Japanese player of the caliber of Matsuzaka should at least be on Seattle's radar. When this happens, it's clear that the king of baseball is Scott Boras. There is no man more powerful.
If the M's are out, you know that almost every team with a league average payroll is out too. The bidding for Daisuke's services will boil down to the rich teams, of which the Yankees are royalty. It makes me happy as a Yankee fan to know we have less competition, but the rest of the teams in this thing aren't going quietly. It will be interesting to see if any other GMs out there make similar announcements to cut off disappointed fan reactions before they happen.
I'm curious to hear how the Mariner fans that come here are reacting to this news. Speak up fellas. Let 'em know how you feel.
UPDATE: I've been browsing the news and see that both the Angels and the Orioles are hinting that they're also not going to break the bank on Matsuzaka.....more when I dig it up.